Our Association submitted own responses to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, for his forthcoming report thematic report on trends, developments, and challenges to the ability of civil society organizations to access resources, including foreign funding. The response deals with the issues identified by the Association in its work, namely the issue of intentional and organised Russia’s policy of discrimination, repressions and elimination the freedom of association in the Crimea.

Regarding issue of foreign funding the civil society structures, Association pointed that since 2014 Russia illegally extended own legislation over the Crimea including the issues of regulating the non-governmental activities, including the law “On Non-Commercial Organisations”, 1996 7-ФЗ, amended by the law, 2012 121-ФЗ adding the norms on the so called “foreign agents”.  The list of relevant “foreign agents” as NGOs with foreign funding is made in Russia and any non-government structure can’t have the foreign funding without getting to such list. Majority of NGOs pointed by the Russia’s government in this list soon stopped its activities.

Association stressed that at the same time after 2014 any structure, “registered” under Russia’s control in the occupied Crimea was not included to this Russia’s list of “foreign agents”. It has a simple explanation as all structures, that act in the modern Crimea, including the “non-governmental” ones are under full Russia’s control and are not de-facto allowed to get funding as from foreign countries and international structures, so from the mainland of Ukraine. Association reminded to the UN Rapporteur on the manipulations, made by Russia in areas of “countering the extremism” and “fighting with terrorism ideology” in the Crimea, which made strong negative impact on assemblies and other relevant human rights.

Association pointed, that systematic economic, social and political crises, crises of poverty and inequality also make strong negative impact on the Crimean residents’ right to assemblies and other relevant human rights also. Racial discrimination of the ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars by Russia’s “authorities” in the Crimea also made strong negative impact. Association noted in its submission that Russian de-facto “authorities” spent “budget money” allegedly for support the “national cultural autonomies” in the Crimea but those funds are totally embezzled via fake organization like “Cossacks’ unions”. But the Crimea’s indigenous peoples, ethnic Ukrainians and traditional ethnic minorities in the Crimea have no any practice influence on the planning and realizing the “budgetary allocations” and get no funding from it.

Some other types of violations were pointed, that made strong negative impact on right to assemblies and other relevant human rights in the Crimea also. It is the informational crisis when the propaganda, fake news and hate speech from the Russia-controlled structures in the peninsula have the human rights as a first-level goal for the destruction. UN representatives thanked our Association for the above-pointed information presented.